On Friday my friend Anne took me to a happy hour at the diviest dive in the Hudson River Valley. There was a band. It was loud. It was dark. It smelled like a frat house. The back patio—where we hung out because the inside was intolerable—was a fenced-in bit of the parking lot with one warped picnic table, two broken chairs, and a tent with a grill in the corner. During our time there, two people got hit in the head with the door and one person slipped on a puddle of beer on the floor and went all the way down. But: Best happy hour of my life, because: 1. Two-for-one happy hour drinks. Two draft Blue Moons: $4.50. Two gin and tonics: $3.50. One double gin and tonic: $3.50. 2. Free dinner. Veggie or animal burgers macaroni salad and potato salad—the good kind that come in vats. 3. The bartender looked exactly like (and I’m not entirely convinced that he wasn’t) Peter Krause. 4. It gets better. This bar has the best website. The only happy hour I’ve experienced that’s any better is 5 p.m. at my parents’ (it’s free and there’s a porch and also my parents are there).
According to The Washington Post, English sparkling wine is becoming an alcoholic beverage people want to drink because, as winemakers contend, climate change has created "increasingly hospitable temperatures" for vineyards in southern England, resulting in French champagne makers to buy land in the U.K.
It's sort of a joke that the hipster beer of choice is PBR (mostly because it's cheap, probably), but now there is actual data and heat maps that proves this to be true.